* there are lots of ways to put a radius into the face of your caul. 6 years ago Again, watch your fingers, eyes and nose. Set the block on the frets so the file extends down and away from the edge of the fretboard and run it down the fret ends until they're all filed to a uniform and appropriate length. I was able to pull them out and put a couple new frets in very quickly.... fixed the problem just fine). I usually clean up the fretboard... and the rest of the guitar at this point. Copyright © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Of course.. one last thing you can do to fix damage on a fretboard.. convince yourself what it really needs is Mother of Pearl* block inlays. This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene. But if there is glue you will notice it starting to bubble up from under the fret. The crown is very slightly wider at 2.13mm, which is ideal for concealing any slot repairs and marks from the original frets. Modern tall/narrow. Along the sides of this tang are barbs, which grip the sides of the fret slot so the fret remains firmly seated. To compensate, you can run a triangular file across the top of each fret slot to knock off the corners. Aug 10, 2018 #1. To some extent the original radius can be changed if desired. One of these pen blanks should last 50 fret gouge jobs.NOTE: Rosewood is TOXIC!!! Take a razor and make a series of slices into the fret board gouges you want to fill. This will help you avoid getting the fret too hot and melting the binding under the fret. Another popular choice for fretboards is Lemon Oil.. which you can buy in applicators for guitars [Dunlop sells it for about 5 bucks for 4 oz.] MIJ Squier A series tele - … Once the surface feels smooth, I swap to ever-finer grades of sandpaper and work my way up to 8000-grit Micro-Mesh. Complete refret - Obviously considerable fret wear requires a complete refret, however, it is also necessary when the fingerboard must be planed to correct neck issues. We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff. Here, I’m only going to sand the Super Glue repairs flat and leave as much of the original playing surface as possible. I'm gonna use this on a junker neck i did a partial scallop on, thanks man, Reply When you are done it should look like the third picture in this step. As you cut your frets to length, place them in the corresponding hole of your scrap block to keep them straight from each other. See pic #2.This is optional but it might help you not cut yourself before you shape the frets in a later step.It should look like pic #3 when complete. Nearly scalloped feel. I run some Super Glue into the ends as a precaution, while pressing the fret down with the caul. To properly plane a neck straight I feel the best sanders to use are close or equal to the length of the fingerboard. Unbound Fingerboard - When looking at the side of the instruments neck the fret's tang is usually visible, some are undetectable when dark or thick finish covers the fingerboard's sides. These are generalizations of course. Let the glue fully cure. A section of curved wire is cut to length and I file the tang at one end to create a sharp leading edge. Progress is rapid and the green oxide left behind by the extracted frets can be wiped off with naphtha. However, we may be unable to answer the phones. The finest frets in the business! The owner of this particular neck wants vintage-spec frets, and Stewart-MacDonald’s Medium/Medium wire (Item #0148) should go in without any need to alter the slots. Its also a good idea to put on eye protection while sanding. Replacing the gouges with the filler leaves the same pattern but it's got a burned [dirty] look to it.. which is sort of cool. Because it is rigid and retains it's original arch it should be bent to match the fingerboard exactly. Also, a word about scale length, I will be using a 22 1/2" scale length with 25 fret positions. You can obtain fret wire in many different sizes and radius online or at your local guitar repair shop. I just let it sit overnight. 9 years ago For more information on fret wire size and materials, check out my Fret Wire page. Please take these steps slowly and deliberately. Because I use the compression method I will either be tapping the frets in with a fretting hammer or pressing them in with a arbor press. It's a lot of work and you want to be careful when sanding that you don't change the curve of the fretboard or it's trueness end to end. The fret slots on unbound fingerboards can be cleaned with a traditional fret slotting saw of the appropriate size. A neck that shows itself to be weak in this manner is not likely to undergo a radical transformation simple because it has been re-fretted with oversized tangs. When refretting an instrument fretted in this manner, those nubs disappear while sanding the fingerboard. Just in case; You can obtain fret wire in many different sizes and radius online or at your local guitar repair shop. Plenty of guitar repairers like to sand fingerboards perfectly flat, but with old guitars it can detract from the vintage look and feel. I used a fret wire that was pre-radiused and whose barbs I had removed with a Dremel to measure each slot. I even checked them with a straight edge and they were fine. The finest frets in the business! The November 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Modern USA Fender® style. Label the holes 1, 2, 3.. to the number of frets you have. With everything ready, I must now decide whether to install the new frets from the top in the usual way or try and get them in sideways as Fender did. Some guitars will have glue... some won't. Next you need some rosewood (or ebony if your fretboard is ebony) I bought a couple rosewood pen blanks from a local craft store. Because this is just as much experience as it is technique, the correct size tang must be chosen to insure the neck does not end up back bowed. Place hot fret in a bowl of water or something so it can cool before you dispose of it. How do I know which radius is best for me? What you should have now is a block with half of a file sticking out the bottom.. 30 degrees off of perpendicular to the face of the block. It’s perhaps unsurprising that some frets move easily, while others are more stubborn. Set the depth to [spoiler alert] about half the width of a flat file. The fretwire is 0.08 inches, which is the correct width for vintage Fender wire. I might rub in some more mineral oil into the fret board again.Also double check under the frets in case you burned the binding. I used a grinding bit that is rated for metal. There’s a tiny bit of chip out on the treble side of the fret slot, but otherwise it’s in perfect condition. In this instructable I will attempt to give a down and dirty process for re-fretting a guitar and filling in the gouges on the fret board. Subjecting an instrument to dry climates can cause shrinking and swelling of the fingerboard which can cause frets to spring free.